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    Ukrainian Missile Debris Reveals Counterfeit Parts in North Korean Missiles, Raising Questions of Effectiveness and Safety

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    A perplexing entanglement of counterfeit parts, designed to imitate Japanese and European components, has been discovered within a North Korean missile deployed by Russia through an analysis of missile debris in Ukraine.

    In the northeastern province of Kharkiv, an identified missile was traced back to North Korea’s arsenal. The missile bore markings that imitated components from well-known manufacturers in Japan and Europe.

    The Ukrainian government conducted a painstaking examination of about 290 parts.

    collaboration with Conflict Armament Research, a British investigative organization.

    Among the components was a bearing with the inscription “JAPAN” and a manufacturer’s name, which was determined to be counterfeit according to the Japanese company involved.

    Conflict Armament Research’s deep dive into the missile’s anatomy disclosed that the parts originated from 26 companies across eight countries, primarily from the United States, Europe, and Japan.

    This intricate sourcing raises alarming questions about the enforcement of sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council and individual countries like Japan, which aim to curtail North Korea’s access to missile technology.

    Katsuhisa Furukawa, a former UN expert panel member, underscored North Korea’s dependence on foreign parts.

    Citing attempts to procure missile-related equipment from overseas through networks.

    The use of such inauthentic components is not without consequence; their unreliability may have played a role in the noted poor performance of the missiles, according to the Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine.

    Out of a barrage of 50 North Korean missiles launched by Russia, it is reported that only about 20 percent hit their intended targets, while roughly half failed in mid-flight.

    While the counterfeit nature of the parts is a focal point, the human toll of the missile strikes is gravely underscored by reports.

    Analysts note that North Korea’s ability to produce and export arms, despite stringent international sanctions, poses a serious threat to global stability.

    Moreover, the presence of North Korean weapons on European soil is not only a harsh reminder of the ongoing conflict but also a manifestation of North Korea’s potential to fuel wars beyond its borders.

    The implications of these findings extend to the UN sanctions regime, which appears to be crumbling as a result of such violations.

    Relevant articles:
    N. Korean missile that landed in Ukraine used ‘fake’ Japan part , asahi.com, 05/06/2024
    North Korean weapons are killing Ukrainians. The implications are far bigger, BBC, 05/04/2024
    Russian forces prepare for first military conscription in occupied Zaporizhzhya Oblast – UK intel, Yahoo News Canada, 05/05/2024
    North Korea, supplier of long-range missiles Russia used to kill Ukrainian civilians, accuses US of ‘escalation’, Polygraph.info, 05/03/2024

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